Eczema, also referred to as Dermatitis, is a type of inflammation of the skin.
Inflamed or eczematous skin is red, itchy and swollen sometimes with fluid-filled bumps that ooze and crust.
Common causes of eczema include an allergic reaction to something touching the skin such as poison ivy or nickel and contact with chemicals that damage the outer skin such as strong soaps and substances that dry or irritate the skin.
Eczema is a common problem but it is not contagious. Some types are hereditary. Although eczema cannot be cured, a dermatologist can provide a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan to manage your eczema and control flare-ups.
Chronic eczema causes people to miss work and often sleep is interrupted, affecting school and work performance.